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Gilbert Hernandez nails his title character’s emotional essence in the very first panel of Bumperhead, the prolific cartoonist’s hormonally overdriven anatomy of adolescence. Continue reading


The Auteur Volume One: President’s Day

Spears and Callahan’s The Auteur opens with a dream-trip sequence that might as well be the first six issues in nutshell: a naked man swims through an undersea ideaspace in search of creative inspiration. Continue reading


Final Incal

At the climax of Moebius and Alejandro Jodorowsky’s original Incal series, the protagonist John DiFool encounters God, or somebody very like him: a big, golden, flowing-beareded divine being named ORH. ORH then changes into a cosmic baby as the universe … Continue reading


Sugar Skull

Could the colorful Hergé-inspired trilogy Charles Burns concludes with Sugar Skull be read as a formally audacious sequel to his black-and-white masterpiece Black Hole? Continue reading


July Diary 2014

Each panel feels like a tiny, beautifully constructed diorama, where Bell and her acquaintances will act out the same moment forever. Continue reading



A disillusioned copywriter navigates big-city loneliness in the handsome debut graphic novel from Toronto illustrator Michael Cho. Continue reading


Never Forgets

Yumi Sakugawa’s Never Forgets is an exploration into a more abstract strain of alienation, the sort of bodily disconnect that forces a woman to efface herself to become a more admired, “true self.” Continue reading


Don’t Tell Mom

O’Connell grants the poetically absurd sexts featured on each of this zine’s drawings of cellphones the power to derange not only the physical objects that convey them, but logic and language themselves. Continue reading